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Africa Youth transformation and development conference  goal is to come up with innovations of how to address youth issues in Africa for a better tomorrow and to set up a collaborative agenda for advancing youth empowerment and development initiative. As communities and countries increasingly encourage prioritisation of youth entrepreneurs who create jobs, and opportunities for all. 2016 Africa Youth Transformational development conference bring experiences and best practices from all over Africa to learn on existing opportunities in our rich continent and beyond. The conference aims to address the Social, economic, political, spiritual successes and challenges facing the African youth in a globalised economy.

Venue: Radisson Blu Gautrain Johannesburg, South Africa • Dates: 9 – 10 November 2016

  • Enhanced capacity of member states to develop and implement comprehensive, integrated and cross-sector Youth development policies and plans
  • Increased investment in youth development programmes and activities linked to the assessment of development targets
  • Resource requirement and mobilization for Youth development at all levels is based on evidence and results
  • Youth Leadership Development initiatives and strategy from experts who share both their successes and struggles
  • Participate in the forum discussions sharing youth experiences, most-pressing business challenges, concerns, and questions
  • Build partnerships that will take youth development forward in an integrated way including practical advice, joint implementation, realistic solutions, and innovative ideas
  • Learn from each other as well as from seasoned business owners, entrepreneurs, and experts during panel discussions
  • Identify continental and country youth strategies, business opportunities, marketing linkages tools and sale initiatives for youth entrepreneur
  • Knowledge management of best practices

Dr Christopher Phiri
Programme Quality Team Leader
World Vision South Africa
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    Dr Christopher Phiri is a Rural Development practitioner with 8 years’ experience as director of Monitoring and Evaluation with World Vision International in South Africa. He holds a PhD in Social Science Rural development. He has worked at different levels as High school teacher, Senior Lecturer and Senior Researcher in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Dr Phiri has managed applied socio-economic research that informed Provincial government on rural development strategic initiatives. He continues to work with communities on rural livelihood resilience and value chain. Dr Phiri has published a book on Rural Livelihoods and Rural development in South Africa. He has presented papers at International conferences and published them in accredited journals.
Morris Otieno Ondiek
Head of Enterprise Development
Youth Enterprise Development Fund: Kenya
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    Morris Otieno Ondiek is currently the Head of Enterprise Development at the Youth Enterprise Development Fund in Kenya. He has worked for the Youth fund since 2011. Previously he worked as a lecturer at the Kenya Institute of Business Training where he also served as a consultant in the Kaizen project in Kenya cluster III as team leader productivity and Quality management. Mr. Ondiek has also worked as a hospital administrator for 3 years. He holds a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship from Jomo Kenyatta University in Kenya and an undergraduate degree in Business Management with a bias in Marketing. Currently, he is pursuing a PHD in Entrepreneurship. He holds a certificate in Strategic Management from Maastricht school of Business in Holland.
Lana Lovasic Managing Director
Simanye Economic and Enterprise Development
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    Lana Lovasic is one of the Directors of Simanye Group, a business focusing on best practice and impactful Economic Development and BEE consulting as well researching, developing and investing in innovative social enterprise models. Lana’s particular focus and interest is in holistic economic development and innovation in social enterprise and she has extensive on-the-ground experience in these areas. Change through business is her passion and she fully believes in shared value and inclusive business models as the future of business. Lana is also one of the co-founders of Impact Hub Joburg, which is part of a global network of social enterprise incubators, and has recently joined the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs’ Steering Committee in South Africa. Lana has an MBA from the University of Geneva and an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto.

Patrick Mashanda
Programmes Manager
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    Patrick is a passionate Community Development Professional, and joined IkamvaYouth in 2012. Beginning as a district coordinator in Gauteng, he now oversees programmes across the organisation nationally. He has worked as an educator, a researcher on education issues in South Africa, a researcher on psychosocial support for orphans and other vulnerable children, as well as researching for the SABC 2 Talk Show Hola Hamonate series 3. He has also been involved with International NGOs working to empower children and the needy, in the capacity of Project Manager (CARE Germany & Stars of Tomorrow). Patrick also co-founded Hope Warriors Children’s Charity, a community based initiative to help children in Soshanguve. He is a lifelong learner, being a holder of a B.A Honours Degree in Development Studies (Midlands State University), and currently completing his Postgraduate studies in Strategic Management and Corporate Governance. Patrick believes, and is proof, that education is a sure and sustainable way of emancipating the children and youth of Africa from the cycle of poverty.
Mokebe Thulo
Portfolio Manager
HDI Youth Marketeers
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    With a BCom Law degree (in Marketing and Business Management) in hand, Mokebe followed her passion for media and marketing to a content creation position. Her work on the Big Brother website and other DStv digital properties led her to the behind, and more excitingly, in front of the camera work on Channel O and This included the exclusive responsibility of managing’s social media, exponentially growing the channel’s online presence to increase platform numbers by more than 100%. In 2012 Mokebe took on the role of Communications Manager at HDI Youth Marketeers, developing the company’s PR strategies, while aligning internal communications and managing stakeholder communications. She now works as a Portfolio Manager, crafting her expertise in education programmes, keeping up with youth trends, and uncovering the secret to marketing to millennials.
Noxolo Kahlana
Managing Director
Energy House ZA
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    Founder and MD of Energy House ZA, a renewable energy projects development company and Phakama Sizwe, facilitating healing conversations through-out the country. Has an MA in social development from Sussex, MBA from GIBS and a BCom from Rhodes University. She has worked for 15 years in the private sector for companies like BhP Billiton, Accenture, British American Tobacco and Cennergi in sustainable development and Black Economic empowerment roles. She has participated in implementing youth development programmes for youth in the Northern and Eastern Cape and continuously mentors young girls. Noxolo is the Chairperson on Southern African females in energy efficiency, EXCO member in SANEA and a trustee for Eastern Cape Education Development Trust.

Khethiwe Cele
Young in Prison South Africa
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    Khethiwe is the Director of Young in Prison South Africa. After dabbling in Chemistry for a few years and teaching English in South Korea, she has found her place and purpose in the social sector. Khethiwe has an MBA from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business – where she wrote her thesis on Social Impact Bonds and Prisoner Reintegration. Khethiwe is passionate about community safety and helping formerly incarcerated people reintegrate into society. Her passion is inspired by the belief that incredible potential can be found in some of the most overlooked places and people – especially those considered the least in society
Dr. M.A. Matluli Abey Mdluli
Founder South African Youth Development Organization
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    Dr. Matluli Abey Mdluli (PhD) serves as head of psychological, guidance and social support, Ehlanzeni District Department of Education. He is a published author of five books; 1. Draw your Mark, make an impact and leave a legacy. 2. Effective Teamwork. 3. The Great Loss. 4. The Power of Self Talk. 5. Touching Lives, Adding Value. He is the co-founder of South African Youth Development Organization in Mpumalanga.
Alan Murray
Joint M.D
Guarantee Trust

Dr. Cibi John Francis
Founder South African Youth Development Organization (SAYDO)
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    Dr. Cibi John Francis PhD ( is an educator, registered Counselor (Specialist), Life Coach, Leadership and Management Coach, Naturopath, Registered Ethno Health Care Practitioner and recognized Martial Arts Instructor. He is the founder of the South African Youth Development Organization. He is the author of “Breaking The Stress – A practical guide for stress relief and health”. Currently based in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, Dr. C.J Francis is working as a teacher in a government senior secondary school, is also providing psychological counseling to school learners and educators, visiting other schools and conduction various empowerment workshops for teachers on barriers of learning, importance of inclusive education in schools, Leadership skills, Stress-Time-Change Management and Personality Development Workshops. He is also invited by the Department of Education – provincial head office to conduct Stress Management Workshops.
RodreckDevelopment studies University of Botswana
Prof Rodreck Mupedziswa
H.O.D: Development studies
University of Botswana
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    Rodreck Mupedziswa (PhD) is Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Botswana. He was educated at various institutions, including the London School of Economics (University of London). Previous positions held include Director of the Forced Migration Studies Programme in the Graduate School for the Humanities at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). He has been a key-note speaker at conferences in Melbourne (Australia); Bologna (Italy); Cambridge (United Kingdom), Kampala (Uganda) and Lisbon (Portugal). Prof Mupedziswa was for 10 years, Editor-in-Chief of the accredited Journal of Social Development in Africa. Until recently, he also sat on the Executive Committee of OSSREA. He has served as consultant for many international agencies. His research interests focus essentially on social development issues, including social protection and forced migration issues.
Dr Brendon Hausberger
Chief Commissioner
SCOUTS South Africa
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    Dr Brendon Hausberger is the Chief Commissioner of SCOUTS South Africa. He is responsible for the roll-out of the youth programmes, training of the adult leaders guiding the youth and steering the youth involvement direction of the organisation. He was previously a member of the Revitalisation Steering Committee of SCOUTS South Africa, of the National Scout Council and was also the Provincial Commissioner for the Gauteng Province.Professionally he is the CEO of Holland and Hausberger, a South African engineering firm with a particular focus on meeting energy and fuel needs through renewable energy.

Miyelani Mkhabela
Chief Executive
Antswisa Management Group
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    Miyelani is the Founder and CEO of Antswisa Management Group and Founding Director of Africa PPP Investments. He has over 10 years of consulting in Management, International Trade and Finance, PPPs, and Transaction Advisor for Public and Private sector. Antswisa focuses on Infrastructure and Industrialization; HealthCare; Technology, Media and Telecommunications TMT and Mining Transaction Advisory Services.He was previously a Financial and Property Analyst and Portfolio Manager for ABSA Commercial Property Finance and Operational Implementer Consultant for Barclay’s Active operations systems. Mentor for Gauteng Enterprise Propeller- GEP Small Businesses
Dr R.Bernice Hlagala,
Director for Youth Development
Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
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    Dr R.Bernice Hlagala is the Director for Youth Development in the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation since 2007. She oversaw formulation of the National Youth Policy; National Youth Development Agency Act; facilitated the signing and ratification of the African Youth Charter; and managed the hosting the first and second Commonwealth Conferences on Education and Training of Youth Workers. She was instrumental in ensuring domestic policy alignment to international instruments such as the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Youth Development Business Plan and Strategy; African Union (AU) Decade Plan of Action for Youth; and the AU Common position on youth development.

    She was the Director for Norms and Service Standards, National Department of Social Development from 2004 to 2007; Lecturer at the Institute for Youth Studies, University of Venda from 2000-2003; Chief Social Worker, Senior Social Worker, and a Social Worker, Department of Health and Welfare in Limpopo province from 1994 to 2000.

    She has PhD from the University of Pretoria; Masters from Howard University in USA; Bachelor Degree in Social Work from the University of Venda; National Diploma in Public Relations from University of South Africa; and a certificate in Management from Technikon South Africa. Dr Hlagala is a mother to three (3) daughters aged 25, 11 and 2 years.

Africa Youth Transformation and Development Conference

R 6,990.00 Including VAT

Public & Private Sector fees:

Cost per Delegate Excluding VAT.

Early Bird Booking: R 5990 or $ 500 until 30th September

Standard Booking: R 6990 or $ 600 October

Late Booking: R 7990 or $ 700 November

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